MotoGP » Spies happy, but Lorenzo goes slower


“It was not because my riding is bad, I always admit when it is, we struggled with the set-up of the bike” - Jorge Lorenzo.

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G-Banger - Unregistered

March 15, 2011 8:36 AM

This should be a fascinating battle between these two.I doubt Lorenzo will be behind Spies at the finish but Ben sure is going well at the moment.Ben is most definitely a great replacement for the works Yamaha squad.Gets along well too..funny that.Good safe racing for all.

maverick - Unregistered

March 15, 2011 8:47 AM

though spies was quicker, lorenzo had more laps in the 56 range. im a fan of spies but have to be realistic. im tired of people on here only looking at the test times and judging the races (some judging the entire season!) on a riders best lap. David Emmett on Motomatters.com explains it very well. though i am not a fan of rossi, his pace (not best lap you m.o.r.o.n.s) seems to suggest that he just might have a chance at the podium. a slim one, but a chance. aoyoyama is very impressive!

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff # 1'56 laps
1 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:56.271 2
2 27 Casey Stoner Honda 1:56.414 0.143 12
3 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1:56.444 0.173 3
4 11 Ben Spies Yamaha 1:56.563 0.292 1
5 1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:56.682 0.411 13
6 5 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1:56.742 0.471 2
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1:56.780 0.509 4

Though these were day 1 comparisons, by looking at this you can see how looking at one best lap is a huge mistake for all you armchair racers. i am getting really tired

c3po - Unregistered

March 15, 2011 9:17 AM

Good point maverick, but those laps from motomatters are old (day 1).

If you read the stoner fastest day 2 story here it says about the lap times under 1'57 on monday and Spies did more than Lorenzo by 8 laps to 5.

So spies wasn't just quicker than JL on one lap, but then sounds like lorenzo had a bad night. Anyway, i reckon spies could be third on sunday, behind the repsols.

name - Unregistered

March 15, 2011 9:28 AM

I just don't understand the Ben/rider in question didn't push at 100% statements, surely if you are not then you are just wasting valuable time.
Nicky Hayden said in DTK words to that effect, less than race pace is just riding around.
What useful information can be gathered by riding below the bike/rider potential?

red-zx6r - Unregistered

March 15, 2011 9:37 AM

"We are satisfied with Ben's bike set up, he was consistently quite fast,” said new team director Massimo Meregalli. “Ben didn't push 100% which makes us confident for the race weekend."

Am I the only one that actually read the whole article? Ben generally gets better as the race progresses and he is quite fast on worn tires. He'll stay quiet and get overlooked until the first race... then he'll do his talking on the track. GO SPIES GO!

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